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The Rita Hauser Annual Event

About the Meeting Series

These CFR meetings are made possible by the generous support of CFR member Rita E. Hauser.

Rita E. Hauser, a graduate of Harvard Law School Class of 1958, is of counsel at the New York City law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, where she was a senior partner for more than 20 years.

The meetings include:



The Future of Democracy symposium was held on April 8 and 9, 2019. The event convened CFR scholars and experts from think tanks and academic institutions to examine the state of democratic governments around the world, the roles of economics, identity, and technology in empowering or undermining democracy, and what steps governments can take to protect and promote democracy at home and abroad. Presented as part of the Rita Hauser Annual Event, the symposium was made possible by the generous support of the Hauser Foundation.  

Middle East and North Africa

Panelists look at America's longest war and examine strategies for how to bring it to an end.


Panelists address Iran's influence in Syria, Iraq, and the Gulf and offer ideas on how to counter Tehran's efforts.

Middle East and North Africa

For this event, the panel discusses the past, present, and future of the Middle East.